Tomorrow, August 15, is the last day to vote in the APA/AICP leadership elections administered by APA partner Survey & Ballot Systems. This is your chance to influence the priorities of your professional association by helping to select national and component leaders. Learn more about the candidates, then log in to access your personalized, secure ballot and vote today.
During last week's leadership retreat, the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission discussed the refinement, development, and advancement of the organization's capacity to think and act strategically in pursuit of creating great communities for all. With help from strategic advisor, Glenn Tecker, the group had a robust discussion about APA's "envisioned future" and the key barriers to attaining it.
During its business meeting, the Board of Directors heard a report from the Design and Policy Task Force. Staff's legislative and policy update focused on housing, infrastructure, and climate.
The AICP Commission discussed feedback on proposed changes to mandatory CM credit requirements and on offering planning educators who are AICP members the opportunity to audit the AICP Certification Exam. This would equip them to help their students prepare for the exam.
#AdvocacyAlert: APA Advocacy Action Day
Get ready for the first-ever APA Advocacy Action Day on August 20.
APA's success in communicating planners' support for increased federal funding in FY 2020 for key transportation programs and their priorities for the next surface transportation bill depends on you. How can you help next Tuesday? Urge Congress to act on appropriations and surface transportation reauthorization and spread the word to your coworkers and colleagues. Use our Advocacy Action Day toolkit to share information.
Our goal is to send at least 2,000 letters to Congress during this August recess. With your support, we'll get it done.
Policy and Advocacy Conference
Are you already talking to your elected leaders during the recess? Continue the conversation at the 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference. After two days of advocacy and leadership training you'll have the opportunity to speak with your elected officials and their staff on Capitol Hill about planning initiatives. Pro tip: Join the Policy and Advocacy Network for free and register for the conference for only $95!
It's time to start thinking about nominating your planning work, or an individual who has contributed much to planning, for a 2020 National Planning Award. This year's nomination window opens on Wednesday, August 21.
By the mid-1950s, air pollution was recognized as a nuisance and a health concern in many U.S. cities. However, its causes — fumes, gases, and other pollutants — were not well understood and were worsening rapidly as urban populations grew, the chemical industry expanded, and vehicular traffic swelled. This historic PAS Report from 1955 examined the growing problem of urban air pollution, particularly smog, and introduced "the greenhouse effect" and its potential impacts.
Uncovering JAPA: Are Bed Bugs a Planning Issue?
Bed bugs aren't simply a nuisance, they're an issue for planners to tackle. In our blog, Laier-Rayshon Smith looks at a recent Journal of the American Planning Association article that reviews best practices for municipal ordinances addressing infestation issues.
APA Learn: "Improving Partnerships for Resilient Waterfronts"
Waterfronts are undergoing rigorous redevelopment. In this course, you'll learn about the structural barriers preventing public entities and private developers from working together more closely on waterfront projects and encounter successful examples that can be applied to your community. CM |1.25
Planning History Timeline: The National Park Service
On August 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service within the U.S. Department of the Interior, which was tasked with preserving natural and historic areas in the United States. NPS responsibilities have grown from controlling 35 national parks and monuments to more than 400 national parks. View the timeline.
This month, APA welcomes Alee Navarro as the Meetings Manager. She will serve as the primary staff support for the National Planning Conference and other APA meetings. As NPC liaison, she will work closely with the NPC Committee, participating in its meetings and helping to advance meeting innovation, with a special focus on the attendee experience.
Alee has an extensive background in meeting planning that includes associations and working with volunteers. Most recently, she was the Meetings and Technology Coordinator for the American Library Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Roosevelt University. Welcome to APA, Alee!